“Secretly incredible people don’t measure their value by what they have, but by what they’re willing to give up.”
Last friday I had a really nice, long chat with Mel (love you mel! <3) in the car on the way to Edinburgh (1hr+ journey) for Light & Life Reaching The Night Tribes where we do outreach to people on the streets from 10ish in the evening till about 2 in the morning. She shared with me about a book by Bob Goff called Love Does and how we don’t have to announce the good deeds we do because if we love something/someone, we would just do it. I think it’s about seeing recognition as something that is unnecessary. Yesterday evening, Mel shared with me an article by Donald Miller titled, You Don’t Need Permission To Live An Incredible Story which talked about this interview with Bob Goff:
“When each of us looks back at all the turns and folds God has allowed in our lives, I don’t think it looks like a series of folded-over mistakes and do-overs that have shaped our lives. Instead, I think we’ll conclude in the end that we’re all a little like human origami; and the more creases we have, the better.”
How amazing is he!?! I absolutely loved his genuinely passionate replies/reactions to the simple things and I truly admire his meekness. Seriously, what a man after God’s heart! I think what struck me the most in this interview was about this idea of loving people well, most especially when no one is looking. It’s really to have that heart of humility to love the way Jesus loved.
Maybe we could do smth not based on status, position or title but because of our heart. Without spin too – no bracelets, no mission statements. Bob shares this idea that we can just be ordinary folks with all our flaws and screw ups and all the stuff that makes us us, but we don’t need an organisation and a hoodie to do it. And it could stream out of a series of inexplicable “nos”.
What pains you? What lights you up?
What we want to do is not to meet with organisations to advance in a gender or tell them to stop doing this or do more of that. Instead, what if we do this novel concept of just being friends? But not the bastardised version of friendship which is networking, let’s just be friends cause we’re friends. There’s nothing on the other side of the equal sign. And I think that’s what we have a room full of. Just a bunch of people that wanna say yes, let’s go be secretly incredible, and I applaud you for that.
After listening to what Bob shared, 3 verses came to my mind:
1) Matthew 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
2) Matthew 6
Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
3) Matthew 20:26 (LOVE THIS)
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
We can be confident that what we do in secret, without seeking human approval or recognition, we will be seen by God and He will reward us. He sees everything, and it pleases Him. We can also be confident that on judgement day, he “will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.” And we will receive out commendation from God. (1 Corinthians 4:5)
Okay now I’m on a roll just watching all of Bob’s teachings on youtube. He mentions some identical stories but they have slightly different ways of illustrating the same message of being secretly incredible. This one was more about just showing up and letting God make something extraordinary out of our ordinary selves despite not being able to hear God’s audible voice. Acts 11.
On a side note… I was so excited when I heard he teaches at Pepperdine University!!! AGHHH I so want to go there, love that college! hehe. ❤